Hot to Trot Hooded Mergansers

Hooded Mergansers have descended on the Bitterroot Valley with the warming, or dare I say Spring, weather. With the warmer temperatures, multitudes of dabber little ducks can be found at the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge. The numerous ┬ámale Hoodies can be seen in full display for the few females that have joined them on the rapidly opening ponds. The groups of testosterone-fueled males would circle round and round the females, and in a synchronized display, the males would threw their heads back and utter the most unique sound of the Montana spring. This sound can be heard in the video I shot (it’s at the bottom of the post, honest).

Throwing heads back in ecstasy

Throwing heads back in ecstasy

Going round in circles

Going round in circles

She has her pick of suitors

She has her pick of suitors

Where did she go?

Where did she go?

Written by Radd Icenoggle

I am a native Montanan, who has spent a lifetime as an outdoors and wildlife enthusiast. I earned a degree in biology with an emphasis on habitat relations. During my studies, I had the great fortune to research and compose a thesis that explored the effects of slope aspect on...
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